A little about myself for those of you who are new to Reflections of a Desert Rat. I've lived in Phoenix for over 20 years, hence the name. We recently moved to Denver and while it's beautiful here, my heart is still in Arizona. I guess it's a case of once a desert rat, always a desert rat. I worked in 3 different LNS's over the course of 20 years and I really miss not going to work every day and seeing all the lovely fabrics and threads.
I do (and have done) all kinds of crafts but my favorites are knitting/crochet, jewelry making and most of all, counted cross stitch. I have been cross stitching for almost 36 years. I learned shortly after I was married and I haven't stopped since. I have found that my tastes have changed over the many years that I have been stitching, but my current favorite designers are Lizzie Kate, Ink Circles, Prairie Schooler, Blackbird Designs, old-style Shepherd's Bush, The Drawn Thread and Margaret Sherry (I just adore her little animals!). I'm sure there are many more that I like but these are the ones that come to mind. Some of my favorite subjects I like to stitch are flowers (I love EMS Designs for her wonderful flowers), cute little animals (in addition to Margaret Sherry, I love the Country Companions series), and some of the primitive designs.
Here are several of my favorite pieces that I have stitched.
Summer Bouquet by EMS Designs
I absolutely love this design. I love the color, I love the arrangement. I love the framing. There just isn't anything I don't like about the finished product. Stitching it was another matter. There were times when I wanted to toss the whole thing in the trash. But I persevered and I'm so glad I did.
Prairie Garden by The Drawn Thread
This is a very special piece to me. It was stitched for my by a very dear friend back in Phoenix. I was asked to help her pick out the framing never knowing that it was a gift for me. It was such a surprise when she gave it to me. She always made me feel like her granddaughter so that makes it even more precious to me.
Bee Keeper by Shepherd's Bush
I love Shepherd's Bush. Old school that is. I am definitely not a fan of their new style of writing. In my not so humble opinion, it's rather difficult to read. Lucky for me, I still have plenty of their old kits just waiting to be stitched. I love their use of color, it's so soft. And their designs are so whimsical. Combine all that with a mat from Jill Rensel and you definitely have a winning combination.
Well, I do have lots more pictures but I think I'll save them for some future posts. I hope you'll come back to visit me and perhaps choose to become a follower. I welcome all comments and would love to make some new friends.